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2710. The negatives of direct discourse are retained in indirect discourse introduced by ὅτι or ὡς.

““ἐνθυ_μηθῆναι χρὴ ὅτι οὐδείς ἐστιν ἀνθρώπων φύσει οὔτε ὀλιγαρχικὸς οὔτε δημοκρατικόςit must be borne in mind that no man by nature is disposed either to oligarchy or to democracyL. 25.8.

““εἶπε . . . ὅτι οὐ περὶ πολι_τεία_ς ὑ_μῖν ἔσται ἀλλὰ περὶ σωτηρία_ς, εἰ μὴ ποιήσαιθ᾽ Θηρα_μένης κελεύοιhe said that the question would not be about your constitution but about your safety, if you did not accept the propositions of TheramenesL. 12.74.

a. In ““προεῖπεν ὡς μηδεὶς κι_νήσοιτο ἐκ τῆς τάξεωςhe gave orders that no one should move from his positionX. H. 2.1.22 μηδείς is due to the fact that the main verb denotes a command.

On the negative in indirect discourse with the infinitive see 2722, 2737, 2738; with the participle, 2729, 2737, 2738; and in indirect questions, 2676.

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